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April 6, 2020

We take serving Iowans seriously, which is why we are prioritizing the health and safety of our community and staff, and closing our office to the public until further notice. If you have any needs or would like to confirm information or programming, please call our office at 319-267-2707 or email xbulter@iastate.edu.

Thank you for your understanding in this unprecedented time.

March 23, 2020

Butler County Extension will have a blu-ray that applicators will be able to watch in the near future to renew yearly training. Please check back soon when more information will be available. 

In-person testing required to renew a pesticide applicator certification must be completed by Dec. 31, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa(March 23, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today that the deadline for pesticide applicators to renew their certifications has been waived by a proclamation signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on March 22.

Iowans who were certified through Dec. 31, 2019, can retain their status and now have until Dec. 31, 2020, to submit the testing or training required to renew a pesticide applicator certification.

 “I want to thank Gov. Reynolds for working with the Department to find a solution that allows our farmers and agribusinesses to continue operating while upholding the pesticide testing and certification standards in our state,” said Secretary Naig. “Agriculture is a critical part of our state’s infrastructure. We will continue supporting the agriculture community to prevent supply chain interruptions during this unprecedented situation.”

This waiver comes after the Department canceled its in-person testing sessions through March 31, based on social distancing recommendations from the CDC. Applicators still need to meet pesticide certification standards by Dec. 31, 2020. They are encouraged to apply for recertification upon completion of the testing or training requirements.

More details are available at iowaagriculture.gov/covid-19.

May 22, 2019
For more information/news on this topic click HERE  The recorded webinar can be accessed here: https://iastate.box.com/v/delayed-prevent-plant-webinar

A Quick Reference to Butler County Residents.  Be sure to check out all the links at "Resources from ISU Extension" on this page for more information. 

Popular Publications from ISU:

Crop Advantage 2018 Series Proceedings

Integrated Crop Management Newsletters

Iowa Dept. of Ag & Land Stewardship (IDALS)

Iowa Ag Climate Network

Iowa Ag Statistics

Iowa Commodity Organizations

Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG)

ISU Research Farms (see NE Research Farm-Nashua)

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

Statewide Resources

  • Information that protects and enhances the economic value of Iowa’s agriculture and horticulture, by educating growers and the general public about plant diseases and science.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnosis of plant problems (plant diseases, insect damage, and assessment of herbicide damage) and the identification of insects and weeds from the field, garden, and home.

  • Providing direct, unbiased comparisons of corn hybrids and soybean varieties, in a number of different environments.

  • Daily 4” soil temperatures for Iowa counties to assist with crop management decisions and nutrient applications.

  • Educating producers, consumers and policy makers in the research and extension activities in organic agriculture both on-farm and at Iowa State University.

  • The Iowa Soil and Land Use site provides data related to the agricultural and non-agricultural uses of Iowa land to help you determine the right use for your soil.

  • Entryway to crop production, soil and nutrient management, weed management, and ag weather information.

  • Insecticide evaluation reports and information on specific pests of economic significance to Iowa crop production.

  • Grain handling, agricultural machine design, precision farming systems, soil tillage and management, and agricultural drainage.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Your source for comprehensive crop production news and information from Iowa State University specialists and agronomists.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Knowledge and information that improves the efficiency of traditional commodity grain markets and assists emerging markets for user-specific grains.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

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